Born (possibly out of wedlock?) in a stable, this jobless
thirty-something of Middle Eastern origin had had previous run-ins with
local authorities for disturbing the peace, and had become increasingly
associated with the members of a fringe religious group. He spent the
majority of his time in the company of sex workers and criminals.
had had prior run-ins with local authorities — most notably, an
incident of vandalism in a community center when he wrecked the tables
of several licensed money-lenders and bird-sellers. He had used violent
language, too, claiming that he could destroy a gathering place and
At the time of his arrest, he had not held a fixed
residence for years. Instead, he led an itinerant lifestyle, staying at
the homes of friends and advocating the redistribution of wealth.
had come to the attention of the authorities more than once for his
unauthorized distribution of food, disruptive public behavior, and
participation in farcical aquatic ceremonies.
Some say that his
brutal punishment at the hands of the state was out of proportion to and
unrelated to any of these incidents in his record.
But after all, he was no angel.
Both scathing current events commentary and probably the best media writing I’ve seen on Jesus’ death, tbqh.
For days when the enemy is trying to slither his way in, remember to continue:
- praying (Don’t ever stop talking to God, love. Tell Him everything. And if you’re feeling empty and like you have no words, know that it’s okay to sit in silence with Him and know that it’s okay to repeat Help me over and over and over.)
- praising Him (Put on some Praise & Worship music and sing through the tears because God is still good in the storm.)
- reading/studying His Word (Open your Bible, open your Bible, open your Bible. You want to hear God’s voice? Open your Bible. Open your heart. Read your Bible. Study your Bible. God is going to give you exactly what you need. You know this from experience.)
- leaning on others (You cannot, cannot carry all of this on your own. Reach out. Talk to someone. Hug someone. Love someone.)